Filter's Scores

  • Music
For 1,802 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 71% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 26% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 75
Highest review score: 96 I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
Lowest review score: 10 Drum's Not Dead
Score distribution:
1,802 music reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    It's an interesting curiosity, a peek into a developing band (that would clearly get much, much better and become comfortable rallying around their true heart: Berman).
    • 66 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    The record is more balanced, but that youthful spark is harder to find.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    Two Gallants stand out from a sea of folksy mopesters thanks to their aggressive turns.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    there's an overwhelming sense of intimacy hanging over the album's 43 minutes, thanks to lyrics heavy on introspection and a sound served well by a new studio packed with vintage and analog gear.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    Although Total Loss focuses on the deterioration of relationships over time, it's interesting that each track inverts that idea by flourishing with every second that passes.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    Gibbard has better demonstrated his strength as one of the best songwriters of the last decade in the past, but ardent fans will appreciate the effort here.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    This record generally begs your wine-soaked attention on any winsome November night of your choosing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    Lux
    The music is nice enough, beautiful in parts, and will set a perfect mood for those who can slow down long enough to take it all in.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    Although this may not be the band's greatest work, at least it's not a parody of what was. Soak that Positive Mental Attitude up.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    Much like Bergsman's previous efforts, Other Worlds' vocals have a heavy-lidded quality that may turn off listeners who prefer a more forceful rhythm section.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    The 33-year-old Owens has funneled his usual druggy, droogy Flaming-Lips-stuffed-into-Beach-House tone into something cohesive and made it into Cali-folk popping and bright.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    It's a gritty trip from the barstool to the vaudeville stage...and just about everywhere in between.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    Holy Fire isn’t a straight home run for the Oxford-based quintet.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    Even though the record is part of a series, the Swedish duo--comprised of David Lehnberg and Elin Lindfors--travel through a full electronic arc within this album alone.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    One can make out here and there traces of American roots music, but those are alas, buried within the breathtaking bluster, ’cos ultimately, you can’t separate The Men from the noise.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    Love From London is the newest of the prolific jangle-rocker’s solo endeavors, but he’s still not finished reinventing himself.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    Julian Lynch’s music lacks the bombast of [Nino Rota’s] works, but is similarly raucous, mysterious and full of whirling joy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    Themes of maturation again flow through, yet some tracks (“Jailbirds,” “Bottled Affection”) recognize the trade-off between freedom and insecurity of youth.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    The Knife’s sound and vision--and the members’ unrelenting oddness--seem to slightly buckle under the weight of their idealism.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    If you’re not bothered by the doom and gloom, Obsidian is just over 43 minutes of imaginative and spacious electro art--at times a bit jarring, but mostly beautiful.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    While part of this consistency is the cursive guitar work and snappy hooks that adorn many of the tracks, the fluidity within and between songs also plays a significant role. Rogue Wave have risen to the occasion.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    These post-punk/new-wave tracks rumble by with a forcefulness not heard since the ’80s. Soak up the gleaming destruction.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    Though they may have felt immense pressure to replicate the monster hits that have come to be expected of them, the band have struck proper middle ground between the jaggedy, bluesy Southern rock of their early years with more polished commercial anthems.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    Two songs from the EP made the cut for the album (“Ready For the Weekend” and, predictably, “I Love It”) and though the latter--a Charli XCX co-written club banger--still stands out high above the rest of the album’s tracks, the songs that comprise This Is...Icona Pop are even larger and louder than their predecessors.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    Brian Oblivion’s knack for delivering ’60s and ’70s guitar riffs and singer Madeline Follin’s slender voice shine through the dissonance at the most unexpected and welcome moments.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    Glacier is a journey.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    Fade Away reminds us of how infectious Best Coast can be, and its short length ensures that we hold on. While Cosentino is still learning, listening to her music doesn’t get old.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    The result is Past Life, a chilling, straightforward album that is more concerned with soulful riffs, pulsing bass lines and soaring vocal melodies than grandiose, classical-inflected anthems.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    Doom Abuse is a cathartic slap in the face from a band that sounds completely revitalized after its multi-year slumber.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    Sometimes going back to what works can be a crutch and creatively stifling, but for Rodrigo y Gabriela, it’s a welcome return.